As I embark upon the 21st year of my presidency, my inspiration to work on behalf of Cal State Fullerton continues to come from our outstanding students. Their dedication never fails to impress me. Their work ethic inspires me. And their success makes me proud of them, and of our university.
Our students continue to make a mark on the world as exemplified by these recent successes:
- Six dance majors from the dance department were selected to perform at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., in May by the American College Dance Festival Association. This is the second time CSUF dancers have been selected to perform at the Kennedy Center.
- This spring, seven Cal State Fullerton students were the first to earn doctorates in the university’s independent Ed.D program. Each is equipped with the knowledge and skills to become an effective leader in California’s schools.
- Cal State Fullerton’s Model United Nations political science class took home third place at the 2010 National Model United Nations New York conference. This is a global recognition that reflects the outstanding work of the students and their longtime faculty adviser, Choudhury M. Shamim.
The ongoing growth of our campus, too, is a source of continuing pride. Design and construction are under way on a number of important university projects, including a new 1,064-bed, dormitory-style residence hall. A 1,500-space, six-level parking structure in the campus’s southeast corner was recently completed, along with a new police facility on State College Boulevard, which doubled the department’s space. Also under way is the 16,300-square-foot Children’s Center, which will accommodate 20 percent more children than the existing facility.
But the dynamic progress of Cal State Fullerton would not be possible without the generosity of people like you. We are thankful for the charitable support of alumni, students, parents and friends – including corporations and foundations – which give back to the university. In fact, even as Cal State Fullerton remains committed to quality, there is a heightened reliance upon both volunteerism and financial support.
We continue to face challenging times as we struggle with significantly reduced funding, cutbacks in classes and services, and the lingering recession. You make a difference in the lives of our students. I urge you to continue to contribute to the university – through your generous financial donations, volunteer efforts on behalf of various colleges, departments or programs, or participation in universitywide events – so that Cal State Fullerton remains successful in the years to come.
On behalf of the entire Titan community, thank you for your support.
Milton A. Gordon